Alessio bows out with big win

Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio was happy to hand the reins back to the returning Antonio Conte having sealed progression to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Last Updated: 06/12/12 at 11:16 Post Comment

Antonio Conte: Taking back the reins at Juventus

Antonio Conte: Taking back the reins at Juventus

A 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, courtesy of Oleksandr Kucher's own-goal in the 56th minute, also saw the Bianconeri top Group E and avoid a clutch of tricky opponents in the next round.

Juve head coach Conte returns from a four-month suspension for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal to take control of Juve at Palermo this weekend.

And Alessio was delighted to cede control to Conte with the team in such rude health, telling juventus.com: "We knew we were in for a tough game and coming out on top fills us with pride.

"It was no simple task today but once we managed to put the reins on their forwards they found it hard to play their usual game and support the front men.

"We're delighted to go through and to have qualified as group winners. Credit must go to these lads because even without Antonio they've done everything that's been asked of them.

"As time has passed we've become more and more confident in our own means. We showed that first against Chelsea then again this evening."

Despite defeat in the Donbass Arena, Shakhtar claimed second place in the group and progression to the knockout stages at the expense of reigning champions Chelsea.

It had been suggested that Juve and Shakhtar would play for a convenient draw to make it mathematically impossible for the Blues to progress, a tactic Bianconeri director Beppe Marotta flatly rejected employing.

He said: "We knew we were up against a top team and that we only needed a point, but we didn't play for a draw. Our aim was to win and win we did.

"We've come through a tough group, winning the last two games against European champions Chelsea and the revelation of the tournament, Shakhtar.

"Our self-esteem has increased with each game and we've shown that we can compete with anyone."

Diminutive forward Sebastian Giovinco played a significant role in the only goal of the game, nipping onto Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross to get a touch on the ball before Kucher turned it into his own net.

"I touched the ball, I don't know how much that influenced things but if I hadn't made that run the defender probably would have been able to clear it," Giovinco said.

"In any case, the main thing was that we managed to score and go through."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property